Victoria Peak Hiking
Hiking is a very popular activity in Hong Kong. The residents of Hong Kong enjoy climbing, trail walking and other types of outdoor pursuits. Even amoung those who do not do so themselves, there is great appreciation of a large amount of green and natural parts of Hong Kong.
When living in a built up city people can become more aware of the advantages of nature and exercise. The compactness of Hong Kong also brings the city or suburban resident even closer to the outdoors.
Hong Kong boasts a very high percentage land in protected Country Parks, and these include a range of long and short distance hikes of various levels of difficulty.
A fifth of the land area of Hong Kong island is a protected country park, the Tai Tam Park located in the Eastern part of the island is a piece of unspoilt nature just minutes from the busy city.
The Hong Kong Trail is a sequence of walking and hiking trails that leads from Victoria Peak to Big Wave Bay which is almost the eastern-most point of the Island.
When it comes to Victoria Peak and Hiking there are several ways in which you can combine the Peak with some walking or hiking or even climbing. As the Peak tower is really only partly up the way of Mount Austin you have the choices to:
- Climb Up To Victoria Peak
- Climb to the Summit from the Peak Plaza
- Climb down from Victoria Peak - which may or may not be the inverse of the up route.
- And Hike from Victoria Peak along the Hong Kong Trail to the eastern part of the Island.
None of these choices are very long either in duration or in distance, but they offer some interesting views and destinations. And due to the temperature, steepness and condition of the paths some are much more challenging than others.
Although the most direct and likely route, it is the least interesting.
- Take the mid-levels escalator to Cain Road
- Walk through the Hong Kong Botanical gardens
- Take Old Peak Road
From Pok Fu Lam
via Pokfulam Reservoir Road
- Take the bus 4, 4X, 7, 30X or any other bus going along Pok Fu Lam Road and alight at the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road stop
- The turning is not that obvious, but walk back a few meters and you will see the large green signs pointing to the Pok Fu Lam Public Riding School.
- Go past the riding stable, and then continue up into Pok Fu Lam Country Park, which is signposted.
- This becomes a walking trail, the Reservoir Trail. Walk along the edge of the reservoir, not taking any side turnings. The path is variously labeled Pok Fu Lam Family Walk and Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road. Do not take turnings onto HK Trail sections 1 or 2.
- The trail comes out behind The Peak Galleria, around where the road entrance to the bus/car park is.
If taking this path downward, go behind the Galleria and look for the sign "Pok Fu Lam Country Park."
Via Peel Rise and ending at Plunkett Road
Many people hike from Stanley as it appears quite close, the hike is of course very steep and is beyond the details of this web page.
More route details for getting to Victoria Peak